- July 21, 2021
- Posted by: Caitlin McCallum
- Category: Wow Story
In the midst of a school year full of challenges and uncertainties, God blessed us with a furry friend who has been a welcomed asset to our school. His name is Asher (meaning blessed) and he is our school’s comfort dog. He has been a source of excitement in an otherwise dreary year, and comfort in a year of high anxieties. Asher is an 8-month-old Golden Schnoodle. So he is not fully trained, but he is learning. He is learning to interact in a classroom setting, in the hallways, and in our small groups for intervention.
Our students are learning too. I work with a second-grade student who has a lot of energy. He was constantly up and moving around the room, which made it difficult to focus on reading skills. However, with Asher in the room, this particular student works very hard to stay calm as he knows Asher is learning to stay calm and not run around the room. He wants to help Asher become a great comfort dog! Instead of constantly being up and moving around, his energy is focused on petting Asher and reading to him. When we sit at a table to work on writing, Asher lays at his feet. As the school year has gone by this student has made great strides in his reading!
God’s blessings come in so many different shapes and sizes!
~written by Cara Lee, LSEM teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School, Wisconsin Rapids, WI